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The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel Hardcover – November 26, 2013
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Trigiani (The Shoemaker's Wife) explores the delicate balance (and unbalance) between work, family, and love. Valentine Roncalli, a shoemaker at her family's business, Angelini Shoe Company, is going to marry her tanner, Gianluca Vechiarelli. Gianluca wants to return to his native Italy; Valentine is committed to keeping the family concern running in Greenwich Village. Further complicating things is a difficult moment between Valentine and an old friend, which threatens the marriage. The way the couple juggle their jobs and their complicated families with understanding, sympathy, and love is often hilarious, in spite of the frustration it brings to both of them. A twist near the end of the book is not unexpected, but tense shifts get a little dizzying and it's easy to get ahead of the story. The pages detailing how Valentine practices her craft of shoemaking are superb. Trigiani's ability to bring the large, warm, enveloping—if somewhat dysfunctional—family to life will keep any reader engrossed and entertained. (Nov.)
The final novel in Trigiani’s Valentine trilogy (Very Valentine, 2009; Brava, Valentine, 2010) finds shoemaker Valentine Roncalli planning her wedding to Gianluca Vechiarelli, a handsome Italian nearly 20 years her senior and the son of her grandmother’s new husband. As Gianluca adjusts to life amid the boisterous, extended Roncalli clan, the fiercely independent Valentine, an ambitious and talented shoe designer, struggles to balance work and home life, with her marriage often taking a backseat to her career. Cultural differences between the pair widen as her plans to open a factory as she becomes a first-time mother clash with his vision for the couple’s future, which includes a home in Tuscany. Though the conflict is plausible, it comes across as vaguely overplotted. For those who have followed Valentine’s ups and downs from the start, Trigiani’s send-off is bound to feel bittersweet in more ways than one. For readers new to the series, missing the occasional insider reference has its advantages—they still have two books ahead of them and the chance to meet Valentine where she began. --Patty Wetli
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Way too much navel gazing for me this time around. I usually enjoy Trigiani’s books, this one just seemed to spend too much time on Valentine’s inner thoughts and self-recriminations.
You do find out why she chose the title three fourth of the way through the book. A new factory in the US already has a name and she keeps it – kind of clever but not enough to rescue this book.
2 of 5 stars
Please keep writing about Valentine...these books would make a great TV show!
Valentine's family will make you laugh and cry with them as they help Valentina go from a fiercely independent shoemaker whose work is her life, to Valentina, wife of Gianluca Vechiarelli, who is twenty years her senior and longs to build a new life with his wife in a home in his native Tuscany.
There is so much to love in this book. The writing is superb! Trigiani is as much a craftsman of the written word as Valentine is at designing shoes! For me, the true test of a book is its characters! I must love, hate, or love to hate them, and think about them long after I close the book. The Supreme Macaroni Company was spot on! I can't wait to "back-up" and read the first two books!
This one was meraviglioso!!
Valentine Roncalli and Gianluca Vecchiarelli are joining their lives in matrimony. Valentine is a shoe designer who lives in Greenwich Village, in the apartment over the shop where her grandmother before her lived and worked. Gianluca, who is 20 years older than Valentine, is a very patient tanner who must put up with the quirky family of Valentine's. Valentine is committed to continuing her family's shoe business in Greenwich Village, but forces make her look for another site. There are many stumbling stones along the way.
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